Glass Blowing Makes A Home In Central Illinois

Todd Manicki's passion for glass blowing is evident as he guides one of his students through the early process of making a paperweight one recent afternoon.

"Glass blowing is just great. You're taking sand and then turning it into all of this stuff," said Manicki, gesturing toward the shelves around his studio lined with vases, bowls and lampshades. "Glass blowing takes all the benefits of all other art materials and combines it into one."

His student for the day was Bob Pasquesi, a former horseshoe maker from Elkhart. Pasquesi drives 45 minutes to Manicki's studio twice a week to get help honing his glass-blowing skills.

Pasquesi said meeting Manicki, 29, was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

"He introduced me to the furnace," Pasquesi said. "And I'm not patronizing him (when I say) he's the best teacher I've ever had."

Sandy Manuel, a retired carpenter living in Mansfield, started taking classes with Manicki about four years ago. She also believes Manicki has a gift for teaching.

"What I like is that if something goes wrong he says, 'Here's what we can get out of it,'" said Manuel. "I learn more from that (style of teaching)."

Manicki began teaching workshops shortly after he opened his shop, Farmer City Art Glass, in November 2003. Currently, he meets with five students each week. The cost is $100 for three hours.

Read the entire news on the source link below.

600450 Glass Blowing Makes A Home In Central Illinois glassonweb.com

See more news about:

Others also read

Our glass can also create art
Students from Anhalt University have been experimenting with glass as part of their practical project.
Conceptual represantion & prototyping at BATIMAT RUSSIA 2018
The SOFIA Factory and designer Tatiana Sviridova will present a concept of a new functional product for bathrooms, dressing-rooms, bedrooms and other rooms, where a mirror is both utility and decorative element.
Architectural Glass Design for Louis Vuitton, Beijing China | Nathan Allan Glass Studios
Nathan Allan’s finished glass concepts always begin with a thought. The thought becomes an actual design, and the design morphs into a small sample for client critique and approval.
Under The Surface - DigiGlass Makes Waves in the Northern Territory
The Carnarvon Fuse Art Collective presents a stunning public art piece digitally printed onto low iron, cyclonic glass.
Henry Ford Glass Gallery
In plan, detail and material our design embodies the Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery’s unique combination of industrial and art glass – performance and aesthetics.
Striding by Catherine Woods
Created by artist Catherine Woods, this beautiful glass and metal sculpture features abstract artwork that was inspired by photographs of the Silver Springs, Maryland area.

Add new comment